Explore the most popular nature trips trails in San Dieguito River Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We enjoyed this hike yesterday, even though it was twice as long as we expected at the start 10.2 miles vs. the 5.1 miles that we expected. We also thought it was end atop a 1,500 ft peak but it ended in a ridge about 700 feet. Stlll it has lots of shady trees, primarily stays in the river valley and we made great time 4 hours, because the trail was mostly sand or dirt. We hiked from a parking lot at Sunset Drive to Raptor Ridge and back.

1 month ago

This trail is just okay. There’s nothing particularly special about it. You never feel like you really get away from civilization because you always see homes at almost every section of the trail. We did see a mule deer bounding through the grass and a woodpecker pecking on a tree, which were both really neat. The trail is pretty narrow so it’s a bit annoying to have to make room for mountain bikers and there’s coyote and dog poop throughout the trail in various places. The trail abruptly ends at a shaded picnic table area.

Good hike, 1st leg of the Coast to Crest...not difficult since it is flat.

trail running
2 months ago

This hike is incredibly long. The first 5 miles are completely flat and take you through some farm land before you begin to climb a summit. Once reaching the top, you begin to go down hill again. I haven’t completed the entire trail, maybe 11-12 miles, but the views are beautiful and it’s best in spring as it’s very exposed during the summer months.

Pretty but more urban than we like, not escaping enough for our tastes and we prefer hiking. This is completely flat.

Looks like a work in progress here. The Alltrails map is a little wrong. Once you cross Jimmy Durante, the trail sticks close to the road. If you follow the app trail, it will take you approximately 800 feet to a dead end. Still kind of a good place to stop and watch the wildlife. Great trail for birding, we saw an Osprey and some Kestrels.

Nice easy lots of wildlife around and great views.

Nice stroll. Nice scenery. Kid friendly.

Took my 2 young kids and dogs on this flat trail around 2pm. Lots of freeway noise and auto odor the first 1/2 mile. But we did see some great wildlife: mullet jumping fish were cool, blue heron, lots of other birds and a caterpillar. We walked all the way out to the boardwalk near the fair grounds. Didn’t make it all the way to the beach because we stopped off at View Point brewery for drinks and a snack. Overall trail was good except for freeway noise and smell. Would do again off freeway hours and bring kids bikes.

Great views over the lake.

Super easy walk, very flat trail. Very quiet stroll on a Sunday morning, no one I️n sight, very few runners.
Did an out and back. Too bad trail doesn’t go around river. Saw some horses

Beautiful easy flat trail, great to kid our 5yr old riding his bike on a trail.

Make sure there is not a bike race on the day you want to go walk the trail.

8 months ago

This is a nice trail just off of the I 15 and is single track that is easy and kid friendly. There are a few spots were shared his present which is nice.

A very scenic trek that takes you under the 5 freeway so see the lagoon and to the coast of Del Mar. You wouldn't think anything lived in the water but we were able to see fishes and even a string ray! Great for a walk, run, wide enough for strollers. Trail was really flat.

9 months ago

First time on this trail. It was an easy hike with varying terrain. Definitely wear a hat, sunscreen and bring water as it gets hot. I would definitely do it again.

Easy mostly paved trail. The I-15 traffic is loud but there are lots of birds chirping and frogs croaking. Very scenic.

Bridge right over the water. Very scenic and beautiful. Easy walk and great for cyclists too.

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Shorter than I expected but still a nice trail. Definitely easy going. It gets busy with locals and is also very popular with mountain bikers so be prepared to e moving out of the way a lot.

Trail is closed due to construction near the fair. Still a nice (but short) outing. Enjoyed the birds and spring flowers.

I enjoyed. I saw many kinds of birds and flowers on the way.

Nice Morning Casual Walk

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Great hike. Lots of shady spots. Great for kids. I even tried a stroller which kind of worked but not great. There was even a couple of this Indian mortar holes along the trail. A great surprise! Would definitely do it again.

Monday, September 19, 2016

We only did half of it because it was an unplanned hike with my 1 year old strapped to my back, but we had a blast. There are spots of shade along the way and it isn't totally flat so it's not boring. I let my daughter down to explore a bit by the bridge and she loved it. Not stroller friendly, but definitely doable with kids, keeping distance in mind.

nice easy for biking good for beginners

trail running
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

This was a good running trail, single file necessary most of the way. Some simple climbing. Not too rocky. Nice for a short run.

Nice walk. In and out about 5 miles. Not much shade, not too many benches, but also not crowded. Pleasant for dogs as well, especially if you walk up to the end: dog beach in Del Mar.

Nice little walk with the family. Ages 3, 7, and 9.
No need for a stroller.
Good picture opportunities.

Over all lovely time.

Mostly flat trail which goes from Dog Beach in Del Mar and ends up at the east end of the polo fields (near Morgan Run Country Club) in Rancho Santa Fe. I park at the east end of the polo fields, walk the trail east, head to the beach, hike up the cliff at Dog Beach, and back.

From Dog Beach heading east, you will go past the river along the race track, cross Jimmy Durante Blvd, walk the "Boardwalk", along a trail under I-5, along a trail behind the old Albertsons, along an up and down trail to El Camino Real, cross into the Polo Fields, then back the same way for a 8 mile out and back trek

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